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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Miss Frazer's Adventure (Zebra Regency Romance) by Debbie Raleigh, Alexandra Ivy


Print Length: 224 pages
Publisher: Lyrical Press (August 2, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: To avoid the taint of her mother’s scandalous reputation, Miss Kate Frazer stifles her naturally high spirits to become a model of propriety. But when she is rewarded with a suitor who cares only for her dowry—and leaves her waiting at the altar on her wedding day—Kate determines that she will live as she chooses. Her first adventure will be a trip to London under an assumed name to enjoy the city’s delights. And woe to anyone who stands in her way—particularly her fiancé…
 
Lucius Calfield wasn’t looking forward to wedlock with the tediously suitable Kate Frazer. Still, he is chagrined when a violent storm makes him late for the ceremony. But embarrassment turns to astonishment when he finds that his fiancée has vanished entirely! And that is the least of the surprises his unaccountably changed—and unexpectedly irresistible bride—has in store…


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was a cute story with an interesting premise with solid writing - however I couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing from this story. 

The characters were interesting - although I had to admit this was one of the rare cases when I liked the Hero more than I did the Heroine. Luce set his pride aside to admit his wrong-doing and he doggedly pursued Kate in the hopes of winning her back. Kate however.. seemed to always keep him at arms length despite all of the things he did for her. I understand she was hurt by what happened at the alter, and hurt by feeling like she had never truly lived her life, but it seemed as though she was keen to take advantage of Luce for her own ends. Instead of being endearing, her stubbornness was so off-putting that I actually found myself hoping that Luce would finally toss her aside for someone else. 

I also felt that these two were severely lacking in passion. Yes there were a few kisses, and it was enjoyable to see them go from near hostile behaviors to friendship, but I felt even when the opportunity was ripe for something to explode between them - it never happened. Which made me wonder just what made Luce so determined to have her, and made me feel that he was more attracted to her dowry than he supposedly was to her. Yes Lord Thorpe's appearance made Luce jealous, but I felt like the author didn't really take the time to develop that angle much either.

Overall, I'm sure this novel will appeal to people who enjoy a well-written historical romance. Especially one that doesn't lead to any graphic sexual scenes. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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Miss Frazer's Adventure is available from Amazon.com

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